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Overview

Introduction to Lakewood, Ohio

Lakewood, Ohio, in Cuyahoga county, is 5 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio. It's included in the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area. The municipality has a high population density. Lakewood's Gold Coast features a large number of upscale high-rise apartment and condominium buildings. Clifton Park is the wealthiest neighborhood in the city. The downtown includes a large number of high-rise buildings. Madison Village, situated in southeast Lakewood is known for its counterculture atmosphere.

Lakewood features a large amount of historic homes. In order to keep the historic look of the city's houses the popular "Make Lakewood Beautiful" program has residents competing for awards which are given to the homes which best resemble the original design of the house. The city implemented a special building code which requires development in Lakewood to resemble the city's historic brick and mortar structures. The residential district known as "Birdtown" is a National Register Historic District. The city is bordered by Lake Erie.

Lakewood History

During the early 1800's Lakewood had not been developed and was still a forest area. James Nicholson was Lakewood's original settler and by 1818 he owned a large acreage and constructed a colonial house. During the mid-19th century agriculture was still a primary factor for the economy. The region was known for its quality fruit. After the Civil War ended Lakewood's population significantly expanded and the community was prospering. The wealthy citizens constructed numerous impressive mansions.

Near the end of the 19th century the population significantly increased again due to developments in the area's transportation, including streetcar lines and trains. The orchids and vineyards were replaced with homes. Immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe moved to Lakewood to work in the region's factories. It was established as a city in 1911.

Lakewood Attractions

  • Beck Center for the Arts features a variety of theatrical productions, concerts and art shows.
  • Lakewood Art Fair
  • Lakewood Farmers' Market
  • The historic homes of Lakewood

Lakewood Activities

Lakewood Park is a popular location for outdoor activities and includes an extensive trail for bicycle riding and jogging. The park has a concert stage and also features a boardwalk which offers excellent views of the Cleveland skyline. Nightlife is very popular along Madison and Detroit avenues. The residents enjoy the Winterhurst Ice Rink and the numerous quality parks.

Residents often travel to nearby Cleveland for activities and to watch professional sports. The Rocky River Valley is a popular destination in the county for activities. The nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a scenic destination and features the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad. Lake Erie features popular beaches.

Lakewood Transportation

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is the closest major airport.

Demographics

People

Total Population50,866
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens11.3%
Employed Population 16+29,124
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married37.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher43.7%
Median Earnings25+$39,038
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,402
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,358

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,448
% Above Poverty Level85.6%
% Below Poverty Level14.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation5.2%

Housing

People Living Alone45.1%
Median Gross Rent$715
Median House Value$134,000

Ancestry

German24.8%
Irish24.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.4%
Italian10%
English9%
Polish7.4%
Hungarian4.4%
Slovak3.5%
Arab3.4%
Scottish2.4%
French Except Basque2.1%
Welsh1.5%
Czech1.3%
Lebanese1.3%
Albanian1.3%
Russian1.2%
Romanian1.2%
Greek1.2%
Dutch1.2%
African1.1%
Slovene1%
Swedish0.8%
Croatian0.8%
Ukrainian0.8%
Swiss0.6%
Lithuanian0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Palestinian0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Serbian0.3%
Jordanian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Brazilian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Iranian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
US/American0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Lakewood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cuyahoga County
Standard Zip Codes44107
Phone Area Codes440,216
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.48
Approximate Longitude-81.8

Lakewood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationCLEVELAND HOPKNS INTL AP
Distance6.3 miles
Jan Temp19 to 33 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp44 to 61 F
Annual Precip38.7 inches
StationOBERLIN
Distance26.3 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.2 inches
StationCHARDON
Distance32.6 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp58 to 80 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip47.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bay Village15,414$109,673
Brook Park18,875$60,571
Brooklyn10,936$54,293
Cleveland389,165$32,488
Fairview Park16,473$73,688

Lakewood Public Libraries

Lakewood Public Library
15425 DETROIT AVENUE
Lakewood, Ohio
(216) 226-8275

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Lakewood Hospitals

Lakewood Hospital
(Non-profit)
14519 Detroit Avenue
(216) 521-4200

Lakewood Public Schools

Lincoln Elementary School
13889 Clifton Blvd
ZIP: 44107
(216) 529-4232
Primary
Total Enrollment 355
Emerson Elementary School
13439 Clifton Blvd
ZIP: 44107
(216) 529-4254
Primary
Total Enrollment 480
Harrison Elementary School
2080 Quail St
ZIP: 44107
(216) 529-4230
Primary
Total Enrollment 412
Hayes Elementary School
16401 Delaware Ave
ZIP: 44107
(216) 529-4228
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
Horace Mann Elementary School
1215 W Clifton Blvd
ZIP: 44107
(216) 529-4257
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Lakewood City Academy
13701 Lake Ave
ZIP: 44107
(216) 529-4037
Other
Total Enrollment 169
Lakewood High School
14100 Franklin Blvd
ZIP: 44107
(216) 529-4028
High
Total Enrollment 1705
Grant Elementary School
17415 Northwood Ave
ZIP: 44107
(216) 529-4217
Primary
Total Enrollment 239
Garfield Middle School
13114 Detroit Ave
ZIP: 44107
(216) 529-4241
Middle
Total Enrollment 588
Harding Middle School
16601 Madison Ave
ZIP: 44107
(216) 529-4261
Middle
Total Enrollment 587
Roosevelt Elementary School
13465 Franklin Blvd
ZIP: 44107
(216) 529-4224
Primary
Total Enrollment 280

Lakewood Private Schools

Lakewood Lutheran School
14560 Madison Ave
ZIP: 44107
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Lakewood Catholic Academy
14808 Lake Ave
ZIP: 44107
Elementary
Total Enrollment 531
St Edward High School
13500 Detroit Ave
ZIP: 44107
Secondary
Total Enrollment 863
Brownstone Private Child Care
18225 Sloane Ave
ZIP: 44107
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
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